Christianne Abella, an eighth grader at Konawaena Middle School on Hawaii Island, emerged as the 2014 champion of the aio Hawaii State Spelling Bee at PBS Hawaii Saturday night.
Christianne will represent Hawaii in the 2014 Scripps National Spelling Bee in Washington, D.C. May 25-31. The national bee is televised live on ESPN.
Christianne’s winning word was “plangency” – the quality of a loud, resounding sound.
Runner-up Hope Kudo, another eighth grader from Hawaii Island, represented Kealakehe Intermediate School. She and Christianne were this year’s Hawaii Island co-champions.
The other 12 contestants were:
- Fred Adella of Waimea Canyon Middle School, Grade 6 – Kauai
- Kelly Brown of Ewa Makai Middle School, Grade 8 – Leeward Oahu
- John Griffin of Our Savior Lutheran School, Grade 6 – Central Oahu
- Susan Hasegawa of Iolani School, Grade 8 – Honolulu
- Katherine Hui of Iolani School, Grade 8 – Honolulu
- Reanna Inafuku of Hawaii Baptist Academy, Grade 7 – Windward Oahu
- Alisha Maake of Iroquois Point Elementary School, Grade 5 – Leeward Oahu
- Leila Nelson of Kapaa Middle School, Grade 7 – Kauai
- Nic Sarji of Aikahi Elementary School, Grade 5 – Windward Oahu
- Ameera Waterford of Emmanuel Lutheran School, Grade 6 – Maui
- Amalie Yach of Holy Family Catholic Academy, Grade 8 – Central Oahu
- Paul Yamane of Kamalii Elementary School, Grade 4 – Maui
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